Nicole Youl, one of Australia’s leading opera singers, has recently joined the classical voice department at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) and is now teaching in Perth and Mount Lawley.
With a Diploma of Arts in Music from the Victorian College of the Arts where she studied singing with Dame Joan Hammond, Miss Youl then went on to win the Herald-Sun Aria in 1991 after which she travelled to London for further study. She was a finalist in the 1994 Placido Domingo World Operalia competition in Mexico City and won both the Metropolitan Opera Awards in 1995 and the Rome Opera Award in 1996. She also won the Australian Singing Competition’s Opera Awards in 2002.
Miss Youl made her mark as a soprano in the works of Puccini and Verdi– she has performed the title role in Madama Butterfly (Opera Australia), Mimi in La bohème (Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, Paiz Festival in Guatemala), title role in Tosca (Opera Australia, Victorian State Opera), Liu in Turandot (OA), Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, the title role in Suor Angelica and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (OA), Leonora in Il Trovatore (West Australian Opera, Opera Australia) and Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera (OA). Other roles include Elsa in Lohengrin (OA), Leonore in Fidelio (OA, SOSA), Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana (OA, WAO), Micaela in Carmen (OA, OQ and WAO), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (VSO), First Lady in The Magic Flute (OA), Grimgerde in Die Walküre (OA) and Die Vertraute and Die Vierte Mägd in Elektra (Teatro dell’ opera di Roma).
On the concert platform, Nicole has performed as soprano soloist with the major Australian orchestras in Mahler’s Symphony No.2 and No.8, Verdi’s Requiem, Rachmaninov’s The Bells, Bruckner’s Te Deum and Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder. She sang Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung and Tove in Gurrelieder for the Perth Festival and Ortlinde in Die Walküre for the Sydney Symphony.
Nicole has also adjudicated for The Sydney Eisteddfod.